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Jewelry Making: Most Popular Articles

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9 Super Simple Necklace Projects
9 Super Simple Necklace Projects
10 Super Simple Earrings to Make for Gifts
10 Super Simple Earring Projects for Beginners
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Adding knots between beads is a way to add a special something to beaded jewelry pieces. This traditional method has been around for centuries, but you can learn how to do it too.
10 Glorious DIY Gemstone Designs for Giving
10 Glorious DIY Gemstone Designs
Keep or Share? Super Simple Wire Rings
Super Simple Wire Rings. Jewelry Making.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Beads and Beaded Jewelry Bead Jewelry Lover...
It is all about the beads! Here is a collection of projects and information for the bead lover, focusing on beaded jewelry techniques and bead jewelry projects.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
11 Super Simple Jewelry Projects for Beginners
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Tool Box and Jewelry Saw. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
A very popular project - here is a Halloween spider to make from wire and beads.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
You've made a sale through your web site or on-line store; now what? Here are some tips for using your jewelry packaging as a way to create a brand, encourage a repeat sale, and also safely secure the jewelry you are mailing out.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
Green Wire Christmas Tree Earrings
Green Wire Christmas Tree Earrings
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Start Wrapping Wire on Jig. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
Gifts for Jewelry Designers
Share the wonderful world of jewelry making with friends and family through gifts every jewelry designer can use.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
Why Use Simulated Stones?
Is it a good idea to use gemstones in your jewelry or not? Why even consider using simulated stones?
Flower Petal Ornament Cover
This seed bead ornament is designed to cover a standard glass bulb.
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
Say Hello to Winter with 9 New Jewelry Projects...
9 Winter Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
Bead Stringing Information & Projects
Learn about the different where to find more information and projects to get started stringing beads. Page 2.
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
String on Beads. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
7 Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show...
7 Ways to Sell Your Jewelry After Show Season
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
This technique describes the old school method for making jump rings. Page 2.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Begin Wire Wrap. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Fast Track Your Handmade Jewelery Business for...
Why Your Handmade Jewelry Business Needs a Business Plan
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
High End Inspired Jewelry with a DIY Price Tag
10 Boutique Worthy Jewelry Designs - High End Inspired Jewelry with a DIY Price Tag
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Winter White Pearl and Glass Bracelet
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Cut the Silver Sheet. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Super Quick and Easy Jewelry Gift Projects
Beginner Level Jewelry Gift Projects
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet. Jewelry Making.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Close with Pliers. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Get Started Making Wire Jewelry
If you have always wanted to make jewelry using wire, then this article will tell you what you need as far as tools to get started.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
Start the Wire Hook. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
13 Jewelry Projects Made with Natural Elements
Water Casting Tutorial
Heat Metal. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings. Jewelry Making.
Stone Setting Results
This is an example of one easy stone setting ruby pendant. Page 4.
How to Tie a Josephine Knot
This knot is a little more advanced than basic knots such as the square knot. It has a variety of applications such as finishing off the ends of a macrame necklace you can then pull over your head.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn what a split ring is and how it is used in making beaded jewelry. Page 3.
10 Tips for Working with Chain
Prefabricated chain is a handy component to include in your jewelry creations. Here are some tips to consider when working with chain.
Metal Jewelry Fabrication Tools
Before you begin using metal fabrication techniques, you'll need some special tools for your tool box.
Think About the Future
Think about your future in the world of jewelry. Page 3.
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Anvil vs. Block for Making Jewelry
Anvils and metal blocks are both pieces of equipment used by jewelry makers, both metalsmiths and wire workers, but when do you use one over the other?
Bead and Wire Angel
Use your wire skills, add a bead, and you have an adorable little angel ornament. You can also wear this on a chain or ribbon as a pendant.
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
The Metalsmith Reborn!
New and better than ever....find out why Tim McCreight's newest edition of his famous book, Complete Metalsmith, is do different from past editions.
Stringing Mediums for Beads
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 5.
Bead Stringing Findings
Learn how crimp beads are used with bead stringing. Page 3.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
The Power of Pearls
Pearl trends, history, folk lore, and care, learn this and more about the powerful pearl.
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
Gift Making Ideas and How-To's
Holiday time, birthdays, and other times of celebration are a perfect time to make and give a gift you made yourself.
Pearl Illusion Necklace
Make an illusion-style necklace with pearl beads, beading wire, and crimp beads. Then finish it off with a hand-crafted clasp.
Final Advice on Fine Jewelry Designing
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Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Cover Your Crimps!
What a fabulous idea: covers for your crimp beads! It's about time too! Learn how to use these cool covers to disguise your crimp beads and add a special touch to all your jewelry designs. - Step #1. Page 2.
What Are Ear Threads?
Discover one of the coolest trends in earrings - ear threads! What are ear threads, also known under many other names such as threader earrings and earstrings, and how can you make jewelry using this unique earring finding.
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